Lion Aquamanile

Lion Aquamanile

1200-1250

Bronze: cast, chased, and punched

Overall: 26.4 x 29 x 15 cm (10 3/8 x 11 7/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Chester D. Tripp in honor of Chester D. Tripp 1972.167

Description

An aquamanile is a water vessel used for washing hands both at church altars and at the dinner tables of upper-class patrons. They often took the form of fantastic beasts such as dragons and unicorns or animals such as horses, birds, dogs, and lions, like this one.

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